Blowback

If true, this is really bad:

Hundreds of Afghan civilians who worked as informants for the U.S. military have been put at risk by WikiLeaks’ publication of more than 90,000 classified intelligence reports which name and in many cases locate the individuals, The Times newspaper reported Wednesday.
Click here to see The Times article, but note, it’s behind a subscription firewall.

The article says, in spite of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s claim that sensitive information had been removed from the leaked documents, that reporters scanning the reports for just a couple hours found hundreds of Afghan names mentioned as aiding the U.S.-led war effort.

One specific example cited by the paper is a report on an interview conducted by military officers of a potential Taliban defector. The militant is named, along with his father and the village in which they live.

“The leaks certainly have put in real risk and danger the lives and integrity of many Afghans,” a senior official at the Afghan foreign ministry told The Times on condition of anonymity. “The U.S. is both morally and legally responsible for any harm that the leaks might cause to the individuals, particularly those who have been named. It will further limit the U.S./international access to the uncensored views of Afghans.”

One former intelligence official told the paper that the Taliban could launch revenge attacks on “traitors” in the coming days.

President Obama first warned on Tuesday that operatives inside Afghanistan and Pakistan who have worked for the U.S. could be at risk following the disclosure, former and current U.S. officials told the Associated Press.

5 thoughts on “Blowback

  1. If this is true I’ll eat my hat. CBS news? Not quite the authoritive source they once were. My guess is that the Obama Administration planted this story. Sad to say, but I trust Wikileaks more than any MSM outlet in the country.

  2. Even if this is the case, I think the benefits of revelation outweigh the costs. Drastic measures need to be taken to awaken the average American to what is going on in Afghanistan.

    Furthermore, I find the assumption that people who cooperate with U.S. forces are automatically good rather amusing. Many, particularly in the Afghan government, are corrupt and merely seeking their own benefit. Others falsely accuse people of being insurgents in order to get their enemies killed by American soldiers or drones. One cannot help but wonder whether the exposure of these latter cases would constitute a form of poetic justice.

  3. I was amazed to find that the CBS article did not include a link to the actual Wikileaks site and the Afghanistan War Diary.

    So people could actually read the documents and come to their own conclusions, ya know?

    wikileaks.org

    Check under Latest Leaks on right side.

  4. I was amazed to find that the CBS article did not include a link to the actual Wikileaks site and the Afghan War Diary.

    So people could actually read the documents and come to their own conclusions, ya know?

    wikileaks.org

    Check under Latest Leaks on right side.

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